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Old 04-22-2013, 01:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Paintball as a Therapy for Soldiers

We were sent this amazing video on Friday to share.

We all know that paintball helps all of us with the challenges we face in life. To see it used for our veterans, to help them overcome the challenges they face in coming home is utterly amazing.

After watching this video, I strongly recommend going to Juan's channel. Link is at the end. He has one other video posted that is also amazing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Mp3jQyTKUg
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Team Defiant works with vets in our area. They have some Action Track chairs for the less mobile vets that get to play as tanks.

I was watching the creek in front of our base on Sunday morning of our last event. I think one of the guys had as much fun driving through the 6-8 inches of water in the creek as he did playing paintball.

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Old 04-22-2013, 09:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I found it helpful this past fall after coming back. I think it was more of getting back into a routine, but it was beneficial
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Old 04-22-2013, 09:25 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I found it helpful this past fall after coming back. I think it was more of getting back into a routine, but it was beneficial
Not be off topic but I just wanted to say thanks for serving.

Gmore70: thanks for that vid. Really appreciate seeing that
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Old 04-23-2013, 01:07 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Ugh I hate when people select for youtube to balance the vid for them.
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Speaking for myself only, it's very therapeutic for me. I didn't play at all really while on Active Duty. It wasn't until I was in the WTU that I got back into it. Then I attended my first Castle game right before separating. It helps me quite a bit. Though I can't narrow down a specific reason I suspect it's a combination of several things. The camaraderie I get from playing with an awesome group of guys, the adrenaline rush, the focus I get, and maybe to a lesser extent the fear. I hate being shot, I don't have a problem admitting that, I play like there is no reset button.

Getting back into the sport has definitely helped me out.

Oh and 3:57 had me dying. "He's got the pump!"
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Old 04-23-2013, 08:40 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I don't have too much experience with difficulty coming back from deployment with issues, I am a fobbit. But the MWR system pushes paintball a lot as something to do with the unit and I absolutely think it works. I've played at casey and humphreys in korea and ft hood and had fun as an unit event, getting out some frustration espically for the privates.
On a side note Soldiers friendly fire A LOT, I've never been shot by accident so many times.. scary...
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On a side note Soldiers friendly fire A LOT, I've never been shot by accident so many times.. scary...

Sounds like you're playing with a bunch of wise guys. That or they feel you "earned" it, lol.
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I started playing while on active duty. I found it helped a lot with the stress of the job as well as team building playing with the guys. I still find playing very therapeutic as well as the time spent working on my gear.
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Though I can't narrow down a specific reason I suspect it's a combination of several things. The camaraderie I get from playing with an awesome group of guys, the adrenaline rush, the focus I get, and maybe to a lesser extent the fear. I hate being shot, I don't have a problem admitting that, I play like there is no reset button.
I feel the same, it hard to explain how it helped but it took the stress away and allowed me to recconect with civies and life in Canada (no bombs, guns, etc) with this, and found it helped me cope with returning home and gave me a outlet to keep me active and off the couch / bed.
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